Edinburgh had trouble with Brown County’s size all night Thursday, and the result was a regular season-ending loss for the Lancers.
The Eagles used 20 points from Ezra Scully and 14 points and 12 rebounds from 6-foot-10 senior Josh Cochran to hand Edinburgh a 67-47 defeat.
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The Lancers made seven 3-pointers, but only six 2-point baskets. They were forced to shoot from the outside, mainly because of the presence of Cochran inside.
“Their length caused us problems, and our lack of aggressiveness to drive against it, we were passing the ball side to side instead of driving it a little bit more,” Edinburgh coach Drew Glentzer said. “They forced us out. The game was played how they wanted it to be played.”
The Lancers (6-17) were within 9-7 following a 3-pointer by Coltan Henderson midway through the first quarter. Brown County (6-16) then finished the period with a 13-0 run to take a 22-7 lead.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Henderson to start the second quarter cut the lead to 22-13, but then the Eagles’ Hunter First hit a 3 to start a 7-0 run that pushed the lead back to 29-13. Brown County led 34-21 at halftime.
“I think that defensively, we started the game with some energy,” Brown County coach Chuck Hutchins said. “We were able to get out in transition a little bit and score. Defensively, both in our zone and our half-court trap, we created some transition opportunities for ourselves and got things rolling there.”
After Cochran hit a free throw, Henderson made another 3 to cut it to 35-24 with 5½ minutes left in the third quarter. The Eagles then used a 16-4 run to take a 51-28 lead in the opening minute of the fourth quarter and put the game away.
Brown County’s biggest lead came at 64-38 with 2:50 left in the game.
“The game is kind of easy at times,” Glentzer said. “When you don’t make any baskets, you’re not going to win. I thought they shot the ball very well, and we shot the ball poorly.”
First added eight points and nine rebounds for the Eagles, which outrebounded Edinburgh 37-29.
Henderson finished with 20 points to lead the Lancers, while Cam Cravens added 11. Parker Bryant grabbed eight rebounds for Edinburgh, which will play Morristown in its own sectional Tuesday.